Glass modiolus (one-handled drinking cup)

Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian or Flavian

Date: 1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Glass; blown and decorated with marvered blobs

Dimensions: H.: 4 13/16 in. (12.2 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: H.O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havemeyer, 1929

Accession Number: 29.100.71


Vessels of this shape are known in silver and pottery as well as glass. The shape resembles that of a measuring cup, from which the name modiolus derives. But the rich ornamentation found on many of these cups—as here the polychrome blobbed decoration—indicates that they were used as luxury tableware.

Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1881 (81.10.93)